Our mission is to enhance the efficiency of the policymaking process, and to create more productive dialogue among the various players involved in crafting and shaping laws and regulation so everyone can more effectively represent their constituents. We have engaged in over seven years of research to investigate effective communication and advocacy in Washington and in a growing number of states in order to create a better understanding of what works—and what doesn’t—in public policy advocacy.
Where We Conduct Research
We study the policymaking process in Washington, DC, and in a growing number of influential states.
Our Insights and Findings
What Federal Appointees Actually Need From Advocates 2017
Outgoing Obama appointees shared their challenges and how they wished advocates supported them on identifying partnerships, sharing ideas, and on other topics.
Insights From the DC Policymaking Community 2017
Last year, policymakers shared their opinion on the most helpful policy events in Washington, the value of fly-ins, what political appointees need, and other topics.
7 Takeaways on Public-Private Sector Engagement in California
We spoke with over 80 leaders in California government to learn what forms of engagement are appreciated and what they find frustrating.
Policy Brand Research
How does policy get made in practice and what are the bottlenecks in the process? What are the most helpful contributions that advocates can provide, and how can they deliver them in an effective manner?
We want to speak with you to get your insight and to make our research as beneficial to policymakers as possible. If you see any part of our research and findings that you agree or disagree with, let us know and we’d love to learn from your experiences.
We engage with a broad and diverse audience of individuals involved in the policymaking process, including Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, elected officials and senior staffers in the Legislative Branch, career staff and appointees within the Executive Branch, and think tank and advocacy professionals in the private sector.